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Argus Biofuels 2018

Ethanol Focus Day Agenda

Tuesday 17 October 2017

Registration and morning coffee


Chairperson's opening remarks

Chris Judge, Vice-President, Crude and Products, Argus

10.10 An overview of the global markets in bioethanol

  • Outlining global landscape of bioethanol products and sourcing
  • Assessing key developments in bioethanol markets

Mark Chesworth, Chief Executive Officer, Vivergo

10.30 The impact of post 2020 reforms on the bioethanol markets

  • Outlining the reforms to bioethanol markets
  • Is there a future for the iLUC concept?
  • To what extent will favouring 2G biofuels change bioethanol production and the competitive landscape across biofuels products

Alberto Carmona Bosch, Chief Executive Officer, NixAl Commodities

10.50 Panel Discussion: An overview of market potential and pricing outlook

  • EU member state regulations on crops for bioethanol: crop caps
  • Assessing current trade flows 
  • Emerging market opportunities in bioethanol

Moderator: Josefine Ahlstrom, Vice-President, Business Development, Argus


Per Sune Koustrup, Chief Executive Officer and Co-owner, Nordic Green
Timo Huhtisaari, Sustainability and Biofuels Expert, Neot
George Hayes, Former Ethanol Trading Manager, CHS
11.30 Mid-morning coffee and networking

The sugar production landscape and supply demand

  • Reviewing supply and demand dynamics
  • Exploring current availability for sugar imports

Géraldine Kutas, Head of International Affairs, UNICA

 12.20 Panel Discussion: How will the end of the sugar production quota impact the
ethanol production in the EU and its place in the energy mix?

Moderator: Josefine Ahlstrom, Vice-President, Business Development, Argus

Eduardo Puertas, Head of Ethanol, Ed&F Man
Stephen Walsh, Broker, Starsupply
13.00 Networking lunch
14.20  Evaluating US price signals

George Hayes, Former Ethanol Trading Manager, CHS

The outlook of EU feedstock supply and the impact of RED II on the agricultural industry

  • The European Union is currently deliberating a draft law which would see conventional biofuels severely capped and phased out
  • The proposed law fails to take account of the fact that Europe can produce current and even higher volumes of biofules very effectively and safely
  • Industry, agriculture and climate stakeholders need to make their voices heard above the noise

James Cogan, Industry and Policy Analyst, Ethanol Europe Renewables


Afternoon coffee and networking


Ethanol roundtables

Focused peer-to-peer discussions led by topic experts in each area. An opportunity to have your say and have your most pressing questions answered. 

Roundtable 1: 

What are the advantages between ethanol and methanol use? - led by: Bo Gleerup, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Owner, Nordic Green

Roundtable 2: 

Analysing ethanol pricing - led by: Stephen Walsh, Broker, Starsupply


Chairperson's closing remarks

Chris Judge, Vice-President, Crude and Products, Argus

16.30 Ice-breaker drinks reception - Open to all conference delegates
Drinks reception will take place in The Club Room located on the 9th floor of the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel.

We always willing to consider new speakers and panelists. If you are interested in being involved with the conference, please contact us:

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